November 20th, 2014
At a Press Conference today, five organizations of survivors of the December ’84 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal claimed historic victory in their recent protest at New Delhi. They said that the Minister of Chemical & Fertilizers had agreed to both their demands on additional compensation for the disaster. The organizations said that they are hopeful of speedy implementation of the decisions taken at their meeting with the Minister and the bureaucrats.
“The Minister has promised full commitment to having scientific data as the basis for assessment of injury caused by Union Carbide. There is abundant evidence in medical research and hospital records to show that well over 90 % people suffered injuries that were neither minor nor temporary. They will now be entitled to Rs. 1 Lakh additional compensation that was denied to them earlier.” said Rashida Bee, of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh.